'The precepts of religion that were so helpful in the beginning may become obstacles as you proceed ever deeper into the heart of heresy...To enter into the ultimate truth, you need to leave your horse behind and walk alone into the uncharted territory of the soul. There you may find that you need to behave in ways that would have been unthinkable when you were closely following the formulas and rules of behaviour prescribed by the religion into which you were born...How strange that your personal path to God often seems to be blocked or criticised by the priests of religion...Do you dare break free of the confining rules? Do you dare to follow your own truth, even it starts leading you astray from the path of your religion? What if this breaking free is the only way that you can really understand the truth of your religion? Can you follow the inner impulse...?' (‘The Forbidden Rumi’)

Followers of Compassion and Love

'Do not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything (simply) because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.' (Buddha, Kalama Sutta)

'Who recognises his limitations is healthy;
Who ignores his limitations is sick;
The sage recognises this sickness as a limitation;
And so becomes immune.'
(Tao Te Ching)

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Rumi 52: Bulleh Shah (Abdullah Shah) - Indian Sufi Mystic & Poet (c1680 -1757)

(Bulleh Shah is believed to have been born in 1680, in the small village of Uch, Bahawalpur, Punjab, now in Pakistan (formerly part of India). His ancestors had migrated from Bukhara in modern Uzbekistan.)(Source:Wikipedia)

The lyrics in English to the above Indian song:

Not a believer inside the mosque, am I
Nor a pagan disciple of false rites
Not the pure amongst the impure
Neither Moses, nor the Pharaoh

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Not in the holy Vedas, am I
Nor in opium, neither in wine
Not in the drunkard`s craze
Neither awake, nor in a sleeping daze

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

In happiness nor in sorrow, am I
Neither clean, nor a filthy mire
Not from water, nor from earth
Neither fire, nor from air, is my birth

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Not an Arab, nor Lahori
Neither Hindi, nor Nagauri
Hindu, Turk (Muslim), nor Peshawari
Nor do I live in Nadaun

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Secrets of religion, I have not known
From Adam and Eve, I am not born
I am not the name I assume
Not in stillness, nor on the move

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

I am the first, I am the last
None other, have I ever known
I am the wisest of them all
Bulleh! do I stand alone?

Bulleh! to me, I am not known

(Sourced from the Internet.)

Friday, 24 October 2008

Rumi 51 : Genesis ('Land of Confusion')

'Plant the seeds
of love
wherever you may be
and watch hatred
and bigotry
diminish in its presence.

Plant the seeds
of love
wherever you may be
and experience the truth
that blossoms
in its midst.

Plant the seeds
of love
wherever you may be
and see
how wisdom
and knowledge
displace ignorance.'
(The Codex: A Divine Writ, Vol.1)(C Rumi)

Friday, 17 October 2008

Rumi 50

'Passion makes the world
go round.
Love just makes it
a safer place.'
(Ice-T, 1958- )

Friday, 10 October 2008

Rumi 49

'There are no chains like hate...
Dwelling on your brother's faults
Multiplies your own.
You are far from the end of your journey.'
(The Buddha)

'The supreme purpose
and goal
for human life...
is to cultivate love.'

Friday, 3 October 2008

Rumi 48: The Whirling Dervish

'Only those who listen
with their hearts
can respond
to the righteous call...'
(The Koran)

'...the person
who is not disturbed
by happiness
and distress
and is steady
in both,
is certainly eligible
for liberation.'